Mobile executives awaiting federal approval for Sprint deal reportedly frequented Trump’s hotel

Joanna Estrada
January 18, 2019

That's according to a new report from The Washington Post, which obtained a VIP guest list from the hotel and spoke with guests who saw T-Mobile CEO John Legere in the lobby, sporting his signature magenta branded gear. Trump's position as President is unique in the sense that he also has private businesses across the country between his hotels and golf courses, and that's something that's already been heavily criticized by people much smarter than me.

The Federal Communications Commission also is reviewing the merger, but the government shutdown has put its review on hold indefinitely. A coalition of consumer advocacy groups has been warning regulators that the deal will harm competition, raise prices for wireless consumers, kill up to 30,000 jobs, and result in worse wireless service.

According to the Post, Legere said he doubted the company's use of the hotel would have any influence on the Trump Administration's inclination toward the proposed merger, or that Trump even knew they were staying there. Considering that a room at the hotel can easily cost over $300, that definitely wasn't a cheap bill for T-Mobile.

T-Mobile CEO John Legere might have publicly bashed Trump Hotels in the past, but the telecom mogul appears to have changed his tune while waiting for the president to approve his company's pending $26 billion merger with Sprint.

Legere swore off Trump hotels in 2015 after Trump wrote on Twitter that "T-Mobile service is terrible" and "I don't want it in my buildings".

Of all the hotels in D.C., why did T-Mobile choose Trump's?

Legere was spotted in the lobby of Trump's hotel last week and explained to a Post reporter why he chose to say there. In an impromptu interview, the T-Mobile chief executive said he was not seeking special treatment. He picked the hotel "for its fine service and good security". "It's become a place I feel very comfortable", the T-Mobile CEO said.

"At the moment I am in town for some meetings at the Department of Justice", Legere told the reporter.

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